Illinois researchers receive 12 ospreys from Virginia

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — State biologists trying to re-establish ospreys as a nesting species in central Illinois have received 12 captured birds from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. The male ospreys, ranging in age from about 5 to 7 weeks old, recently arrived at the Illinois Raptor Center, where they were weighed, measured and examined for injury or illness. The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports that about half of the birds will remain at the center for now, while the others were sent to hack sites, where they’ll be sheltered, fed and observed. Two of the birds went to the University of Illinois and five went to Lake Shelbyville. The goal of the program, which began in 2013, is to release at least five birds each year for up to 10 years.